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Definitions of symbol

  1. an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A visible sign or representation of an idea; anything which suggests an idea or quality, or another thing, as by resemblance or by convention; an emblem; a representation; a type; a figure; as, the lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Any character used to represent a quantity, an operation, a relation, or an abbreviation. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. An abstract or compendium of faith or doctrine; a creed, or a summary of the articles of religion. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Share; allotment. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. An abbreviation standing for the name of an element and consisting of the initial letter of the Latin or New Latin name, or sometimes of the initial letter with a following one; as, C for carbon, Na for sodium (Natrium), Fe for iron (Ferrum), Sn for tin (Stannum), Sb for antimony (Stibium), etc. See the list of names and symbols under Element. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To symbolize. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Something, not a likeness, that stands for something else; an emblem, or sign of an idea, quality, or another thing; a mark or letter representing something in mathematics. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. 1. A conventional sign serving as an abbreviation, such as the R at the beginning of a prescription. 2. In chemistry an abbreviation (the initial and sometimes one other letter) of the Latin name of an element, expressing, in chemical formulae, one atom of that element. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  12. A sign by which one knows a thing: an emblem. that which represents something else: a figure or letter representing something: (theol.) a creed, compendium of doctrine, or a typical religious rite, as the Eucharist. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Sign; emblem; representation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Symbolic, symbolical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Something that stands for something else; an emblem; a type. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A character, mark, etc., indicating something, as a quantity in mathematics. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. The sign or representation of any moral thing by the images or properties of natural things; an emblem or representation of something else; a letter or character which is significant; in medals, a certain mark or figure representing a being or thing; an abstract or compendium; a creed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. sim'bol, n. a sign by which one knows a thing: an arbitrary or other conventional mark, abbreviating methods of scientific expression, as in algebra, and esp. chemistry: an emblem: that which represents something else: a figure or letter representing something: (theol.) a creed, compendium of doctrine, or a typical religious rite, as the Eucharist.--adjs. SYMBOL'IC, -AL, pertaining to, or of the nature of, a symbol: representing by signs: emblematic: figurative: typical.--adv. SYMBOL'ICALLY.--ns. SYMBOL'ICALNESS; SYMBOL'ICS, the study of the history and contents of Christian creeds; SYMBOLIS[=A]'TION.--v.i. SYM'BOLISE, to be symbolical: to resemble in qualities.--v.t. to represent by symbols.--ns. SYM'BOLISER, SYM'BOLIST, one who uses symbols; SYM'BOLISM, representation by symbols or signs: a system of symbols: use of symbols: (theol.) the science of symbols or creeds.--adjs. SYMBOLIST'IC, -AL.--ns. SYMBOL'OGY, SYMBOLOL'OGY, the art of representing by symbols; SYMBOLOL'ATRY, undue veneration for symbols; SYM'BOLRY, the use of symbols generally. [Gr. symbolon, from symballein--syn, together, ballein, to throw.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. [Greek] A representation or mark indicative of some quantity, operations, or relation; especially, in chemistry, a letter or combination of letters denoting a single atom of an element or a molecule of a radicle. E. g., the s. Fe denotes one atom of iron. na
  20. Thing regarded by general consent as naturally typifying or representing or recalling something by possession of analogous qualities or by association in fact or thought (white, the lion, the thunderbolt, the cross, are ss. of purity, courage, Zeus, christianity; values the handle to his name only as a s.); mark or character taken as the conventional sign of some object or idea or process, e.g. the astronomical signs for the planets, the letters standing for chemical elements, letters of the alphabet, the mathematical signs for addition& infinity, the asterisk; hence or cogn. symbolic (AL) aa., symbolically adv., symbolics, symbolism (3), symbolist (3), nn., symbolize v.t. (see vb), symbolization, symb (ol)ology, symb (ol)olatry, nn. (Vb, rare, also& usu. symbolize): be the s. of; represent by means of s., speak of under a s.; (-ize only) treat (story &c.) as symbolic& not literal, import symbolism into. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. In chemistry, a letter or combination of letters used to designate the atom of an element. Thus, O is the s. of oxygen. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  22. In psycho-analysis the means employed for more or less evolved expression of an idea or emotion. [Gr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  23. [Gr.] (Math.) A note or character indicating a quantity or operation ; thus, in a + b the characters a and b denote quantities, the note + an operation, viz. the addition of the quantities. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  24. n. [Latin, Greek] The sign or representation of something moral or intellectual by the images or properties of natural things, asthe lion is the symbol of courage;"-an emblem or representation of spiritual truth; type ; figure ; -a figure or character standing for a letter or word; - in medals, pictures, &c., a certain mark or figure associated with or appropriated to the person or character represented ;-in mathematics, a letter or figure representing quantities or magnitudes, and indicating their relations;-a sign or badge ; memorial. Cabinet Dictionary

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